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Charges filed against owner of neglected Union County horses

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT
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Rescued: Six horses, two of which are shown, were confiscated Thursday from a less than one-acre property in Lorimor. The horses, now reside at the ARL's main campus in Des Moines where they will receive needed veterinary care, food and shelter.

Charges have been filed against Kent Douglas Uitts, 54, of Lorimor on Union County warrants for six counts of livestock neglect.

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) in Des Moines assisted Union County officials in removing six severely neglected horses, one of which was injured, from Uitt's property Thursday.

According to Union County Sheriff Rick Piel, the first report of the neglected horses was received by his office in March. Several calls have been received since.

According to an interview with the Des Moines Register, Cruelty Investigator Scott Wilson of the ARL stated the horses had been living without food, shelter and veterinary care for an undetermined amount of time.

The horses, which were living on less than one-acre property were relocated to the ARL’s Kruidenier Rescue Ranch at the main campus in Des Moines, where they will receive needed veterinary care, food and shelter.

Once healthy, the horses will be available for adoption through the ARL’s Barn Buddy adoption program.

Uitts was released from the Union County jail on his promise to appear.

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